Saint Eligius

Saint Eligius
 

Saint Eligius

 

Saint Eligius

This sculpture of the moneyer-saint, the patrón of silversmiths, ironworkers, moneyers – and, in actually, of numismatists -- is shown arrayed as the Bishop of Noyens. The historical Eligius lived between 588 and 660, and was indeed responsible for minting coinage under the Frankish Merovingian kings Chlothar II and Dagobert I. This piece comes from the Saint’s chapel in the Convent del Carmen in Barcelona, where silversmiths had their members’ chapel and where they did homage to the saint.

 

Saint Eligius, attributed to Jordi de Déu, c. 1380

Room 21